A 21 Gun Salute on the Lower Forecourt at 12pm will mark the official birthday of His Majesty King Charles III, the Head of State.
Although his actual birthday is 14 November, the reigning monarch usually holds an official birthday in early June. This is to coincide with the finer weather in the northern hemisphere that benefits the outdoor ceremonies. In Victoria, this falls on the second Monday in June.
A 21 Gun Salute is a traditional salute that involves firing blanks from an artillery piece or cannon. It is used to acknowledge special royal occasions within the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.
Note: The Salute is very loud, and you will be requested to maintain a safe distance from the guns especially visitors with small children or pets.
Reviewed 31 July 2023